Dame Eleanor Hull was a fifteenth-century English woman who translated psalms, amongst other things, into English.
These days, she writes an excellent blog.
She has recently put up a wonderful discussion on social grace in academic circles, with neat hints on negotiating the extremes of righteous anger and good girly compliance. Or, how to behave like a professional adult without being a manipulative, instrumentalist networker.
I particularly like the idea of practising these scripts on the cat.